Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj is arguably one of the prominent figures in women’s cricket, having debuted in 1999. A controversy broke out in the 2018 edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup when during the semi-final she faced an axe. Two years later, Mithali Raj has spoken candidly about that particular incident on Star Sports 1 Telugu show ‘Girl Power – Sarileru Manakevaru.
Mithali Raj came down hard at the then coach Romesh Powar and COA’s Diana Edulji for displaying bias towards her. To add to that, India heavily lost the semi-final against England during that tournament by eight wickets. Raj, who was dropped, averaged a daunting 53.50 in three matches with two fifty-plus scores.
Mithali Raj revealed feeling disappointed at not being able to play. At the same time, the 37-year old admitted that she is not the first cricketer who underwent that treatment. Mithali understands that it was about the team composition and the captain and coach did what they thought fit.
“Honestly, I was quite disappointed that I couldn’t play. But it is something that has happened with every player. I am not the first person with whom this has happened. It is about the team composition and may be captain and coach felt that they had a better player to feed in to the eleven,” Raj told.
Give your best you, might not get such chances time and again: Mithali Raj
The highest run-getter in ODI cricket thought that if India manages to get past England in the knockout, she will have a chance in the final and boost India’s chances to lift the trophy. As a senior, she intended to buck up the players by reminding them to put everything on the line since it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“But I always had hopes that if we win that match, I may have the chance in final, I will be able to contribute, and we have a better chance to win the Cup. That was my intention of reaching out to the players in the huddle to pep them up, ‘give your best you, might not get such chances time and again,” she added.
So far, Mithali Raj has 663, 6888, and 2364 runs in 10 Tests, 209 ODIs, and 89 T20Is respectively and 74 centuries under her belt.